Editor’s letter: Open invitation
In this, the second edition of the yearly CLADbook, we celebrate eight of the many architects and designers we have interviewed over the course of the past year for our sister publication CLADmag
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Development: Development pipeline
An index of new leisure architecture projects coming to fruition in the next few years
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Events: Diary dates
Rounding up the major events in the global architecture, design and construction calendar
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People: CLAD interviews
Eight top architects and designers share their philosphies, outlooks and most intriguing projects
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CLAD interview: Jeanne Gang
Studio Gang’s founder on rethinking the theatre and the aquarium
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CLAD interview: David Chipperfield
David Chipperfield on architecture in a changing Europe
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CLAD interview: Santiago Calatrava
Multi-disciplinary visionary architect Santiago Calatrava on being artist, technician, engineer and more
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CLAD interview: Marcel Wanders
The multi-disciplinary Dutch designer on rejecting minimalism and embracing chaos
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CLAD interview: Lyndon Neri
Neri & Hu’s co-founder on hospitality design and changing attitudes in China
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CLAD interview: Daniel Libeskind
The renowned architect reflects on the defining museum projects of his career
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CLAD interview: Bjarke Ingels
The Danish architect on Lego and Lego House and the culture at BIG
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CLAD interview: Peter Zumthor
In a rare interview, the Swiss architect talks about LACMA and the role of emotions in his work
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Disruption: Rule breakers
Presenting a range of products that fuse typologies, push boundaries and upturn expectations
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Hospitality: Slumber party
We investigate what the world’s top hotel chains are doing to charm and impress travelling millennials
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Sports Venue Design: Creating audiences
We talk to HOK, AECOM, MANICA and Populous about engaging sports fans through architecture
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Hospitality: Rooted interest
From hotels in trees to hotels covered in trees, we hope this green trend continues to grow
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Experience Design: Finger on the pulse
Global experience design firms share their top trends of the year for the leisure sector
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Inclusive Design: Water wonderland
How an attraction owner/operator created a universally accessible waterpark from scratch
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New Openings: Standing out
The past year saw a slew of innovative sports venues opening. What makes these projects special?
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Gym Design: Body beautiful
Gyms are often overlooked in terms of design, but these fitness facilities are bucking that trend
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Urban Planning: Planning for health
Space Syntax research is helping define how urban professionals can achieve healthy outcomes for all
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Resilient Design: Flood mitigation
Cooper Robertson’s Scott Newman shares his expertise on mitigating flood risks
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Movement Analytics: Data-led design
Movement Strategies’ Simon Owen on how data capture and analysis can instruct the design phase
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Building Standards: Human sustainability
Buildings affect our health and our health-related behaviours, says the WELL Building Institute
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Disruption: Spa shake-up
Spa design expert Adria Lake on why it’s time for urban hotels to overturn outdated spa concepts
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Themed Design: The value of research
Scott A Lukas urges designers to get out and explore themed environments with an analytical eye
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Products: CLADkit
A selection of innovative products and designs from leisure industry suppliers
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Contacts: CLAD profiles
Find out more about architects, designers, consultancies and suppliers, across the industry
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CLAD profiles: Barr & Wray
Barr + Wray is recognised as a world-leading provider of spa design, engineering, and pool and spa equipment
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CLAD profiles: Blu Spas
Blu Spas spa wellness design and planning company, Cary Collier, Doug Chambers and their international team have provided consulting, advisory and operating solutions for over 400 projects in 39 countries – including hotels, resorts, clubs and residential properties
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CLAD profiles: Dornbracht
Dornbracht is a family-owned manufacturer of high-end faucets and spa systems and one of the few companies where production is entirely ‘Made in Germany’
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CLAD profiles: Fabio Alemanno
Fabio Alemanno Design is a family owned company with more than 40 years of experience in architectural stone masonry
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CLAD profiles: Gharieni
The Gharieni Group is a leading European manufacturer of high-end spa and medical equipment and furniture with over 25 years of experience
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CLAD profiles: GOCO
The specialists in designing, developing and operating spa and wellness spaces
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CLAD profiles: Polin Group
Polin was founded in 1976 in Istanbul, Turkey, and in the past 40 years the company has grown into a world leader in the design, production, engineering and installation of waterparks and water play structures
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CLAD profiles: Sparc Studio
Sparcstudio is a privately-owned design practice of likeminded designers and architects that have carved a reputation for designing highly creative, successful and award-winning spas, wellness, fitness, hotel and resort facilities
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CLAD profiles: Willmott Dixon
Willmott_ Dixon is a privately owned contracting, residential development and property support business and one of the UK’s biggest construction companies
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company profile
Company profile: DJW
DJW offer a way to interpret your story through the use of technology. We can provide Audio Visual consultancy to assist in the planning stage, follow up with AV system design, supply and installation, and provide a bespoke control system to suit your operational needs.
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British materials and the history of London served as inspiration for the design
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo runs a practice in Mexico City
"I hope visitors will find a space in which the passage of time feels a bit hazy — fun yet meditative"

Creating the Serpentine Pavilion

Visitors will be able to explore a variety of different environments
"Part museum exhibition and part immersive environment, the project invites visitors to explore Snarkitecture’s work"

Reimagining the traditional home

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UNSense is developing hi-tech solutions
Ben van Berkel believes practices will all become ‘arch tech’ firms
"We’re living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture and construction industries are still in the Walkman phase"

On the launch of his tech startup

David Collins Studio: The leadership team on legacy and the fun of collaboration
Dublin-born David Collins moved to London in the 1980s and founded David Collins Studio in 1985
"The Studio is such a big part of our lives, that it just continued, albeit through a very challenging period"

David Collins was behind the design of many of London’s hottest destinations Today his legacy lives on via the studio’s glamorous international projects

The architect created a floating platform for cinema-goers attending 
a Thai film festival
According to Ole Scheeren, the best buildings are the ones that tell us stories
"Economic value can be achieved by a sense of generosity towards the public domain"

The architect behind Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters and the Taipei Performing Arts Center talks form, fiction and fantasy with Kim Megson

The area features iconic artworks, including the To Protect and Serve mural by Noni Olabisi
Gabrielle Bullock studied architecture and fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design
"I’m one of 424 black female licensed architects in the US. We represent 0.2 per cent of the profession"

Architects must reflect the world they design for, says Perkins+Will’s director of global diversity

One of the antique villas is carefully reconstructed
"This carefully choreographed interplay of room and courtyard extends through all scales of the masterplan"

The desire to save a threatened forest and historic buildings in China led to a truly unique resort, We speak to the people that made it happen

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Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
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Hotel Crescent Court opens new spa following multi-million-dollar renovation
Hotel Crescent Court has reopened its spa after a multi-million dollar refurbishment
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Kvorning wins contest to design aquaculture exhibit at Norway's Coastal Museum
The exhibition explores the history of Norway's fish-farming industry dating back to 1970
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Copenhagen-based design studio Kvorning Design and Norwegian advertising agency Vindfang have won a competition, organised by Museums in Sør Trøndelag ...
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Parkside opens flagship Chelsea showroom
The showroom is designed to inspire its clients
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Parkside, a designer of contemporary porcelain and ceramic tiles, has opened its first showroom in the UK. Located in Chelsea ...
Ben van Berkel launches UNSense startup to boost health and wellbeing in built environments
Kim Megson
Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and his design firm UNStudio have launched a tech startup to “improve the health and ...
Carlo Ratti's 'wonder wall' robot could become reality with kickstarter campaign
Unveiled at Milan Design Week, as part of Ratti's Living Nature installation, the Scribit is the result of Ratti's ongoing investigation into and development of writing machines
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Carlo Ratti Associatti has developed an intelligent robot capable of writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Called Scribit, the device ...
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Bright Buildings to create UK's first 'open sky' swimming pool
Bright Buildings will create the retractable roof for the Open Sky pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
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Leisure operator Fusion Lifestyle has announced that it will invest millions of pounds over the course of the next three ...
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
CityTree is a living wall that reduces particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air by 30 per cent
Lauren Heath-Jones
The Crown Estate, a London-based commercial real estate company, has partnered with Westminster City Council and cleantech specialist Evergen Systems ...
Dornbracht debuts Rainmoon wellness shower concept at  Salone del Mobile
Rainmoon is a multi-sensory wellness experience designed to revitalise and reinvigorate the user
Lauren Heath-Jones
Dornbracht, a German-based luxury bathroom specialist, has launched an innovative new shower experience, Rainmoon. Slated as the next generation of ...